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Linux Kernel Work Picks Up Speed

When developers opted to nix a separate 2.7 kernel development at the Linux Kernel Developers Summit last summer, the decision spawned three 2.6 trees: the mainline or stable kernel, known as 2.6.x, maintained by Linux founder Linus Torvalds; the 2.6-mm, or staging tree, where technologies are tested before being added to the mainline kernel; and the 2.6.x.y kernel, for bug fixes. "The hierarchy in the community has flattened, so now you have small teams of experts working at consensus level rather than having a maintainer and all the subordinates," said Dan Frye, director of IBM's Linux Technology Center in Beaverton, Ore. "We are just delighted. The stuff our enterprise customers need is getting done, and that is translating into shipments of high quality from the distributions," Frye said.

Wind Joins Eclipse, OSDL

Wind River Systems Inc., which makes proprietary embedded operating systems and development tools for creating embedded applications, has joined two open-source consortia.

Two thirds of senior IT staff expect an Open Source strategy says ...

  • PublicTechnology.net (Posted by tadelste on Aug 15, 2005 7:42 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
New research suggests that more than two thirds of the senior IT professionals questioned expect their companies to develop an Open Source strategy in the next five years, despite ongoing caution about the adoption of Open Source in the UK. The survey, conducted for Atos Origin by the National Computer Centre, identified the key benefits of Open Source being reduced licensing costs, followed by flexibility and total cost of ownership. “In a climate where business value from IT investment is the driver, OS has already proved its viability with more IT professionals building Open Source into their IT strategies,” said Michael Dean, Director for Membership at NCC. “Further competition in the marketplace will benefit everybody and continued encouraging actions from the Government will accelerate its adoption.”

Setting Up Wireless with a Linux Zaurus

  • LinuxWebtool.com; By Mike Weber (Posted by VISITOR on Aug 15, 2005 6:59 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Tutorial
This project will demonstrate how to connect to an access point to a Zaurus 5500 with the Sharp OS version 3.0 without encryption and using DHCP just to verify that you can connect. Once this is established it is important to secure the Zaurus and use encryption from access point in the next section.

Lloyd's may offer open-source indemnity

  • CNET News.com; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by dave on Aug 15, 2005 6:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Lloyd's of London is expected to underwrite insurance to protect open-source users from intellectual property infringement claims.

Novell Ships GroupWise 7

  • PR Newswire; By Press release (Posted by tadelste on Aug 15, 2005 6:16 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Press Release
Customers Benefit From the Most Secure and Reliable Collaboration Platform in the Industry

Lloyd's to provide open source IP indemnity

  • ZDNet UK; By Ingrid Marson (Posted by tadelste on Aug 15, 2005 6:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Lloyd's of London, the oldest insurance organisation in the world, is to underwrite open source software against claims of of intellectual property infringement. The insurance will be available through brokers to companies and organisations who are worried about being sued over their use of open source software such as Linux by companies who would caim that it infringes their intellectual property rights. John St. Clair, the chief operating officer of insurance firm Open Source Risk Management (OSRM), said on Friday that OSRM is working with "a number of" Lloyd's syndicates, who will start offering open source insurance "within the next few months".

Using free software in education

The Tshwane University of Technology will be hosting a two-day workshop on the use of free and open source software in e-learning in September.

OOo Off the Wall: Recovering Hidden Treasures

  • Linux Journal; By Bruce Byfield (Posted by tadelste on Aug 15, 2005 5:44 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's a little-known secret, but what you see in the interface of version 2.0 of OpenOffice.org isn't what you have to settle for. Hidden throughout version 2.0 are dozens of pieces of functionality, each available in a few seconds by customizing the menus, toolbars or keyboard shortcuts of OpenOffice.org applications. Some of these hidden treasures are small tools useful only to users with certain work habits. However, perhaps the most useful customizations are older versions of tools that have been redesigned in version 2.0. In several cases, these older versions are designed better than their replacements. And, if nothing else, they often are more familiar.

DistroWatch Weekly: Gentoo Installer, SUSE Linux 10.0 Beta 1, live CD resources, BLAG Linux And GNU

  • DistroWatch.com; By Ladislav Bodnar (Posted by dave on Aug 15, 2005 2:35 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Newsletter
Welcome to this year's 33rd issue of DistroWatch Weekly. We shall start with a quick look at the first alpha release of the Gentoo Installer project - the first Gentoo live CD which boots into a full GNOME desktop and which can be installed to a hard disk with -- believe it or not -- a mouse! Then we'll talk briefly about the first beta release of SUSE Linux 10.0 and introduce two web sites specialising in bringing you news and information about the many live CD projects available today. Our featured distributions of the week is BLAG Linux And GNU, a single CD Fedora-based distribution with a home entertainment bias. Happy reading!

At tricks

  • NewsForge (Posted by dave on Aug 15, 2005 2:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Are you looking for a reliable scheduler to help you automate your processes? You may not realize it, but you have a useful command-line tool for scheduling jobs at your fingertips -- at.

Creating reports with Agata Report

In his book Inside Relational Databases, Mark Whitehorn writes, "One golden rule of design is not to ask the question of what information do I want to put into the table, but rather what information do I want to get out of the table." An equally important question is how to get information out of the table. Some database management systems include tools for creating queries and reports, while others, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and SQLite, require that you use third-party tools. One such tool that receives high marks is Agata Report.

Ibm Donates Code to Firefox

IBM is donating DHTML accessibility technology currently wending its way through the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) standards process. Big Blue is also contributing code that makes it possible for Web pages to be automatically narrated or magnified as well as navigated by keystrokes rather than mouse clicks.

Apple blunder gives Gates iPod royalty

  • Independent Online; By Katherine Griffiths in New York (Posted by tadelste on Aug 14, 2005 9:42 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Microsoft; Story Type: News Story
Apple Computer may be forced to pay royalties to Microsoft for every iPod it sells after it emerged that Bill Gates's software giant beat Steve Jobs' firm in the race to file a crucial patent on technology used in the popular portable music players. The total bill could run into hundreds of millions of dollars. Although Apple introduced the iPod in November 2001, it did not file a provisional patent application until July 2002, and a full application was filed only in October that year. In the meantime, Microsoft submitted an application in May 2002 to patent some key elements of music players, including song menu software. Editor's Note: What were you saying about the fairness of patents?

Linux Management Firm Levanta Wins Award at LinuxWorld

August 14, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - Linux management firm Levanta, today announced that the Levanta Intrepid M Linux management appliance has been chosen as the "Most Innovative Hardware Solution" in LinuxWorld's Product Excellence Awards. "The industry has been waiting a long time for more sophisticated Linux management tools," said Matt Mosman, CEO of Levanta. "Attendees here at LinuxWorld have been amazed by how much the new Intrepid M appliance simplifies Linux management."

The DCC Alliance Launches, Standards-Based Core for Debian-Based ...

he DCC Alliance plans to assemble a common, standards-based Debian core for Debian-based Linux distributions, accelerate worldwide commercial adoption of Debian, promote compatibility among the growing community of Debian derivatives, and work with Debian on features important to commercial adoption such as a predictable release cycle and Linux Standard Base (LSB) compliance. Founding members of the Alliance include credativ, KNOPPIX, LinEx, Linspire, MEPIS, Progeny, Sun Wah, UserLinux, and Xandros. The initial release of the Debian Common Core, expected in the September time frame, will be based on Debian 3.1 (“Sarge”) and certified to LSB. The common core will be the basis for future releases of each member's Linux products, and the DCC Alliance will serve as a single point of contact for software and hardware vendors who want to ensure that their products will work with Debian.

Sun Wah Linux launches Debian-based server operating system in ...

Sun Wah Linux (Sun Wah), a China-based Linux solution provider today announced the immediate availability of RAYS ES, claimed to be the first Debian-based commercial Linux server platform in Asia. The launch of RAYS ES is expected to give network administrators a reliable, stable and secure platform that is more cost effective than its competitors. RAYS ES is a server operating system that reportedly provides both reliable performance and advanced security. RAYS ES can function as a web server, FTP server, e-mail server, DNS server, SQL database server, remote login server, web proxy server, corporate firewall or any combination of the above, the company noted.

Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition: Reviewed

  • http://www.linuxforums.org; By lakerdonald (Posted by VISITOR on Aug 14, 2005 5:25 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Reviews; Groups:
O'Reilly's dominance is centered around the Open Source community. Linux kernel development is at the heart of this same community. Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition continues the trend set by their previous editions of the book by explaining how to write functional kernel modules. The new edition covers the changes made from 2.4 to 2.6. LinuxForumsDOTorg's lakerdonald has read the book and written a complete and comprehensive review. Read it here.

Debian Project adds Security Support for AMD64

The Debian project adds security support for the stable amd64 distribution. This port is not yet part of the Debian archive, but it will be included in unstable/testing soon and users already benefit from security updates distributed via security.debian.org. A special advisory will be released soon by the security team to cover newly built amd64 packages for all security updates since the release of sarge. These packages will replace already existing files in the proposed-updates directory in the amd64 archive.

The Debian Project receives Funding

  • Mailing list; By Martin Schulze <joey@infodrom.org> (Posted by tadelste on Aug 13, 2005 3:08 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Debian
The Debian project is pleased to announce that it is funded by the LinuxFund with $500 per month for an entire year. The Linux-oriented credit card organisation will be disbursing $6,000 in total.

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